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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Racing Still Mourns the Ill-Fated Kentucky Derby Winner, Medina Spirit

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The rain pelted the headstone, leaving streaks on the black marble and mirroring the misty eyes of the 100 or so admirers who had come to say goodbye. None of them knew the deceased well. Many had seen him only on television.

They lifted plastic shot glasses filled with Kentucky bourbon to the gloomy heavens and murmured melancholy toasts to the departed, Medina Spirit.

The epitaph mostly kept to the facts — the names of his parents, his record and earnings as a racehorse, the names of some of the people he left behind. None of them were at the service. The colt’s trainer, Bob Baffert, however, sent roses.

Loving words were etched in the stone. So were thornier ones that have been litigated in the courts and on the muddy backstretches of social media.

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